NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In addition to high schools, gyms and fitness classes are opening Monday in the city.
CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke to Flatiron County gym owners on Sunday about what they are doing to prepare.
The gym has been open for several months, but fitness classes have been limited. But to start the new workweek, studios can hold classes at 33% capacity.
To join a class, participants must undergo a health check upon registration and provide contact information to track contacts.
Johnny de Triquet, studio director at Life Time said: “We were really working at a blazing pace to have more than 60 classes started each week.
The studios had less than a week to prepare. Governor Andrew Cuomo The announcement was made last Wednesday, a day after the Boutique Fitness Alliance rallied to reopen.
Amanda Freeman formed the group and is the CEO of SLT, a company known for its high intensity pilates.
“I think it will take a while to really fill the classes because the information about us opening has not yet been fully disseminated,” Freeman said.
In her New York City studios, there will be more than double the time between classes – 25 minutes – to clean up.
Owners at Bode Yoga on the Upper East Side say they’re happy to reopen, but are willing to keep classes 33% smaller, up to 12 people.
This is good news for instructors who have been hit hard financially by Coronavirus pandemic. Last year, they were only allowed to hold private sessions.
“It feels great to be back. People come here with happy energy. They feel good. They are so excited to be back in the classroom, ”said Bode Yoga gym manager Guadalupe Mora Sanchez.
Client Irena Mernik added: “I trained at home in the end of my workout. “I can’t even tell you about the excitement and gratitude I’m feeling.”
For some studios, the announcement of reopening is too late.
Title Boxing Club in Hell’s Kitchen posted that “The bell has finally rung” and that “The debt is too great to pass, regardless of whether we can open it today or not.”
Returning to Bode Yoga, Mernik said being able to share the gym with others will bring the spiritual peace that is needed in the chaos of the pandemic.
“I feel safer doing Bikram hot yoga initially than not doing it,” Mernik said. “Community is important. With more people in the room, you build a synergy that keeps you moving like one. ”
Another business, the DanceBody studio, called Monday a time to “celebrate the reopening… by # socialdisdancing… in real life”.